Last Sunday SpaceX made a major step forward in its Commercial Crew program and successfully conducted a so called ‘In-Flight Abort Test’ in Cape Canaveral. During this test the Falcon-9 rocket meant to reach MAX-Q, when the spacecraft separated from the rocket and safely flew away to a safe distance. The rocket itself meant to blow up due aerodynamic forces (it actually did blow up) and the capsule splashed dow to the Atlantic Ocean.
I loved the test, it was fascinating! In this video I walked down to memory lane and looked back to Demo-1 mission, when a Crew Dragon actually docked to the International Space Station (ISS) and after 8 days it successfully returned to Earth.
I am an amateur ISS photographer and I had two opportunities to photograph the station whilst Crew Dragon was docked to it. After a less satisfying attempt the second one was a better one, weather was merciful to me…
I wanted to show you my photo of Crew Dragon spacecraft docked to ISS, mainly because now we are really one step away from SpaceX to finally begin human transportation to and from the International Space Station. Hopefully at or around April the Demo-2 mission will go ahead with two astronauts on board (Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken). If successful the regular missions to ISS will begin after that and USA finally will restore its capability to launch US astronauts from US soil.
Let’s celebrate these amazing achievements which are paving the road to american human spaceflight.
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